Nursing Department Awarded $150,000 Grant

Published on Fri, February 27, 2009

Marywood University’s Nursing Department was awarded $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education Higher Education Assistance program for the Preparing Tomorrow’s Nurses project. The purpose of the Preparing Tomorrow’s Nurses project is to increase the number of BSN students who graduate, successfully pass the NCLEX examination, and join the workforce as competent entry-level graduate nurses.

The grant targets junior and senior students for supplementary and remediation academic assistance. Practice tests, case studies, and computerized pharmacology reviews were purchased and are being currently used in the classroom and the laboratory to assist the student in developing skills necessary to apply, synthesize, and demonstrate the knowledge they have learned in the class and in the field/lab. The grant aided in purchasing simulation equipment, case studies to conduct the simulations, and equipment to help support students with nursing skills, including an I.V. insertion arm, central line equipment, and an IV pump. (This semester, the nursing department will be performing 43 simulations.) In addition, the nursing department purchased the Turning Point system, which allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard keypad. Additionally, the grant supported simulation training for nursing and physician assistant faculty and was used to hire both a lab manager and an instructor.